Minority quota: `No change in stand, will meet EC`
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Minority quota: 'No change in stand, will meet EC'
Last Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 12:39
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Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Undeterred by the opposition attack over its promise to provide 9% reservation to Muslims, Congress on Thursday said that there is no change in its stand on the minority quota issue and its leaders will meet the poll panel on the same.

Speaking to reporters in the national capital, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said, “Congress party sticks to its stand of providing 9% sub-quota for backward Muslims.”

In a direct attack on the Election Commission, Alvi said, “The poll panel can put on hold the quota decision only till Assembly Elections are concluded. Once that is over, we will fulfill our promise of providing 9% sub-quota for Muslims in the state if the Congress is voted to power.”

Reacting to main opposition BJP’s claim that Congress is trying to divide the country on religious basis, 60 years after its divisive policies led to the partition of the country, Alvi said, “Those who say this don’t know about the Congress party’s contribution to the country’s struggle for independence. They must get their basics correct before making such comments.”

Alvi further informed the reporters that senior Congress leaders will meet the Election Commission to clarify party’s position on the minority quota issue.

Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid recently made a statement, on the campaign trail, promising a 9% sub-quota for Muslims in the state if the Congress was voted to power.

The issue has since snowballed into a major controversy and the main opposition BJP attacked Congress over its Muslim quota plank and accused the ruling party of dividing the country by promising to give religion-based reservation.

Addressing a press conference in the national capital, BJP’s firebrand leader Uma Bharti said, “Congress party’s decision to give 9% reservation to the minority community is a purely politically move, which has been announced in view of the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.”

Steeping in the row, the Election Commission also served a show-cause notice to Khurshid and his wife over their promise to give 9% reservation to Muslims.

The Law Minister will reply to it today.

Khurshid also condemned the poll panel for issuing a notice to him and claimed that he did not violate the model code of conduct.

Defending himself, Khurshid said his promise of granting sub-quota to Muslims if Congress came to power in Uttar Pradesh is not a poll violation of any sorts.

In a significant development, the Election Commission yesterday directed the government to put its decision on 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities -- within the OBC quota -- on hold for the five poll bound sates till the election process ends.

 
First Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 12:21
 
 

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karkera - Mumbai
Only the way we can get rid of so called secular party congress is to through them out of power by not voting them in the future
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prabhuling - Mumbai
This is the real face of Cogress. Devide & Rule.
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Pradip Burman - Kolkata
This is corrupted & coommunal congress policy to divide people in that name of religions so that they remain in power . Don`t know when people of India will understand that congress party is useless now those people who created congress and fight for freedom struggle their souls will cry by seeing the present congress what they are doing to these country for vote bank.
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Ashok - Vanaras
How long this reservation politics will work? what about others, they are not in need of government job? Make policy for every one and ensure every body is getting their due, and no body should be in need of RESERVATIONjob
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Manoj - Hyderabad
If Congress party has contribution to the country’s struggle for independence. It should also accept that it were the leaders of Congress party who signed the partition agreement.
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P.K.GHISH - BADDI, SOLAN, HIMACHAL PRADESH
every leader is talking of govt. job quota. the intake in govt jobs in a year may few lacs in all through out the country. that isnot the solution to the create job opportunity. leaders should come out with concrete proposal of creating job through different projects. totatoes are sold @vRs. 0.50 now. the farmers are throwing out on road as protest. same is the case of potatoes, andother perishible vegetables and fruits.no leaders are talking to create infrastuctures which inturn, create jobs for the people. same is case with food graid. milion tonnes are getting rotten but FCI/ govt. taking interest to create silos/stroage godowns in every district with holding capacity for a year. this can also be done by the PPP Models to create jobs. milk and related items are getting sky rockeying price, and there is no sufficient supply from the mrket, govt. can initiate dairy development through PPP model. this would lso create good no. of jobs in villages. we lack in actions rather believe in talks and misguided people for vote only to run corruption in t
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shubha - jadhav
when these hopeless congress stops such types of dirty politics.they should be expelled from the country.
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